UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare Partner for State's Health
When I run into people out in the state, I consistently hear about
how well our partnerships and affiliate programs are going with other
hospitals. As we have continued to grow, we have been able to announce
new partners all with a focus on improving access to care for
Kentuckians. Last week we really hit everyone's radar with an exciting
press statement regarding our new partnership with Norton Healthcare.
We announced, and it was well publicized, that the two organizations
signed a Memorandum of Agreement to join forces to improve health care
for all Kentuckians. The landscape of providing health care in Kentucky
is changing in an environment that is addressing and will continue to
address health care reform.
In a joint statement, Dr. Michael Karpf, Executive Vice President for
Health Affairs and Stephen A. Williams, Norton Healthcare President and
CEO, said: "Our goal is to develop a pre-eminent statewide system of
care that will expand the services available to all Kentuckians in their
local hospitals. We are also focusing on developing stronger clinical
partnerships throughout the Commonwealth. By working together our
physicians and other health care professionals will provide a wider
range of higher quality services more efficiently while also assuring
immediate access to the best subspecialists in Kentucky."
Dr. Karpf and Steve cited the fact that Kentucky has very poor health
rankings in both its adult and pediatric populations, with particular
challenges and opportunities in the areas of cancer, heart disease,
stroke/neuroscience and transplants.
For more information see the following news release from UK Public Relations and news media coverage: